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Japan regulators clear troubled 787s for flight

TOKYO — Japanese authorities approved Boeing’s fixes to the batteries on its 787 Dreamliner jets Friday and declared the aircraft fit for use, clearing the path for its biggest operators to begin flying the planes again following a grounding that began in January.

US and European regulators have already approved Boeing’s plans to add safety features to the 787’s lithium-ion batteries that would minimize the chances that they would emit smoke or catch fire. Two units, including one on a 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston, overheated in January.

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